Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday celebrates the life of a man who brought so much to the cause of civil rights. His sacrifices and inspiration led a nation, and today we continue to celebrate his achievements in making the world, and our nation, a better place. Many institutions and people are off from work and school on the third Monday of January, to honor his birthday, which was January 15.
Updated for 2016.
New Mexico Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission
The Commission promotes Dr. King's principles and philosophy in New Mexico, and works to reduce youth conflicts in the community. The commission sponsors four main programs; the annual parade and march is one. In addition to the annual march, the commission sponsors commemorative awards, a leadership tour, and a youth conference.
MLK Celebration at Valencia Campus
Reverend N.D. Smith will speak at the UNM Valencia Campus.
When: January 16 at 1 p.m.
Where: 280 La Entrada Road, Los Lunas
The Martin Luther King Luncheon
The annual Martin Luther King luncheon takes place at the Santa Ana Star Center on Saturday, January 16. The keynote speaker will be LaDonna Harris, a native New Mexican. The Young Leaders speech contest will be held on the morning of the luncheon, and the winner will give their speech at the luncheon.
Martin Luther King Holiday Parade
The parade begins at University and Martin Luther King Boulevard, and follows the road west to Harry E.
Kinney Civic Plaza downtown. During the parade, a celebration of drumming and marching precedes the commemorative ceremony on Civic Plaza downtown. Everyone is invited to the event. Register to join the march. A commemorative program will take place at the Plaza after the march.
When: January 16, 10 a.m.
Where: Begins at University and MLK Boulevard, moving west to Civic Plaza, 1 Civic Plaza NW
25th Anniversary of the MLK Pursuing the Dream Program
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council has been an all-volunteer non-profit organization since 1991. Every year on the MLK holiday, they have a birthday celebration program to honor local youth and organizations for keeping the dream alive. Keynote speaker is attorney Catherine Baker Stetson. This is a free event and ethnic dress is encouraged. For more information, call (505) 277-5820.
When: Monday, January 18, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana NE
Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Breakfast
The annual breakfast features talks and more. Sponsored by the Grant Chapel church family. Call 293-1300 for information.
When: January 18, 8 a.m.
Where: Marriott Pyramid North Hotel, 5151 San Francisco Road NE, in the Journal Center
MLK Day of Service
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is known for its spirit of volunteerism. Join the MLK Day of Service initiative on January 18. Part of the United We Serve network, volunteers across the U.S. make a commitment to spending the day helping someone else. Find out where you can help by seeing what's happening in your area. Join a clothing or food drive, or other volunteer opportunities available citywide.